Saturday, April 18, 2015

CM says Balochistan Assembly to decide future of Reko Diq

* Says all members will be taken into confidence about the route of the economic corridor

April 19, 2015
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that the future of Reko Diq will be decided in the Balochistan Assembly during the ongoing session and he will bring all the documents to the assembly for members to make a decision in this regard.

He expressed these views in the session of the Balochistan Assembly on Saturday. The session was chaired by Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali.

The Balochistan chief minister expressed these views on a point of order during the debate on Gwadar-Kashgar route and said the situation would be made clear, adding that Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal is visiting Quetta on May 5 and they would discuss the economic corridor.

An adjournment motioned was tabled by the Pakhtunkhwa Mili Awami Party (PkMAP) MPA and Deputy Opposition Leader Zamruk Khan Achakzai. It sated that the route was being diverted to Punjab and the local Pushtun and Baloch areas were being neglected, adding that in this regard the federal government had misguided the provincial government.

CM Baloch said that Federal Minister for Planning Ashan Iqbal is going to visit Balochistan and all the MPAs will be taken into confidence and the route of the economic corridor will not be changed. He also said that the members would be taken into confidence on the Riko diq issue and he would bring all the related documents to the provincial assembly for deciding a future course of action.

He also asked Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali to decide a date for debate on the Gwadar land allotment issues and he would provide evidences to the members as to what his government was doing in this regard. He added that he would also draw a comparison of his government’s performance with that of the previous one.

He also asked the Speaker to invite the Gwadar MPAs and opposition members to discuss the issue of land allotment and selling in Gwadar. Later, the Balochistan Assembly speaker announced the date of May 2 for a debate on the issue of land allotment and selling in Gwadar.

The MPAs of Balochistan deplored the death of five children in Qila Saifullah as a result of wrong vaccination and said that they did not trust the committee which was established by the provincial health minister. MPA Zamruk Achakzi said the CM should form a high-level committee to interrogate the issue and the committee must be headed by the chief secretary.

The chief minister responded on the issue and said the vaccine samples would be sent to Agha Khan Hospital for probing the death of the children. “There is a difference between politics and science,” he said and added that the Committee was independent and would investigate the matter. He said the committee comprised of the doctors from UNICEF, WHO and other UN organisations and was headed by the additional secretary health.

Provincial Minister Nawab Ayaz Jogazi said that the government should make some efforts to punish the ones who inoculated the children with wrong injections. The chief minister said that the government was not afraid of any issue and it would make public autopsy reports of the five deceased children, adding that the Tutuk issue was so sensitive but they still made its reports public, including that of the killing of journalists. Earlier, the members of the provincial assembly offered Fateha for the 20 labourers slain in Turbat and also for former provincial minister Nasir Khan Jamali. The Balochistan Assembly session was adjourned till April 21.

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